Published on January 22, 2018

Rapid Anemia Program Provides Patients Quick Access to Needed Care

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (January 22, 2017) — Each year, more than 140,000 Americans visit emergency departments with signs and symptoms of anemia, which, in many cases, stem from a larger cause—cancer. Cancer and chemotherapy can temporarily impair patients’ abilities to produce oxygen- and iron-rich red blood cells, often resulting in lengthy and expensive trips to the hospital. For patients in the Northeast Philadelphia community, Nazareth Hospital’s new Rapid Anemia Program offers a solution.

The Rapid Anemia Program will provide cancer patients with quick access to the right treatment in the right setting. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and rapid or irregular heartbeats, which can make it hard for patients to cope with the physical and emotional demands of treatment. The program includes hematologists and oncologists to provide patients with same-day evaluations to decide the best course for treatment.

The program will support cancer patients every step of the way during cancer treatment, helping them avoid trips to the ED and hospital admissions while improving their quality of life.

How It Works:

  1. Your primary care physician (PCP) refers you to the Rapid Anemia Program based on lab results for your red blood cell count.
  2. You receive a same-day, individualized evaluation to determine your potential need for a blood transfusion.
  3. If you meet the requirements for rapid anemia care, Nazareth Hospital’s highly qualified nursing staff performs a blood draw and begins transfusion.
  4. If you do not meet the requirements for immediate care, Nazareth Hospital’s hematologists and oncologists will work with your PCP to determine next steps for treatment.

If you or a loved one struggle with cancer-related anemia, your physician can refer you to the Rapid Anemia Program by contacting Nazareth Hospital’s office of Hematology/Oncology at 215.624.8138.